I-77 north to I-81 south additional lane (Wythe County)
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Construction: Approximately $5 million
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie
Craig Jones, P.E., Project Manager
What's Being Done?
The right shoulder of the I-77 northbound exit 32 ramp is closed to allow crews to begin shoulder widening operations. This work is part of a project to add a merge lane on I-77 northbound, beginning at Interstate 77 exit 32 and extending to the I-77/I-81 overlap at Interstate 81 exit 80. Use caution in this area. (Completion: September 2018)
VDOT’s 2017-2022 Six-Year Improvement Plan included full-funding to construct an additional travel lane and paved shoulders where I-77 north meets I-81 south in Wythe County.
Where I-77 north currently merges to one lane to access I-81 south, the project will provide two I-77 northbound lanes onto I-81. The outside lane will become a lane to access I-81 exit 80, improving access to the exit, with the inside lane continuing along I-81.